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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in November 2009 at 10.3% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Arizona 4.9% 0.0 +0.2
Phoenix 4.3% +0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Phoenix, Arizona, National

Phoenix, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Phoenix peaked in December 2009 at 214,167. There are now 106,858 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 96,331 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 10,978. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 107,309 +2,236 +7,815

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 5.0%
July
2019
3.7% 4.9% 4.3% 107,309
June
2019
3.7% 4.9% 4.2% 105,073
May
2019
3.6% 4.9% 4.2% 104,340
April
2019
3.6% 4.9% 4.3% 105,000
March
2019
3.8% 5.0% 4.4% 107,293
February
2019
3.8% 5.1% 4.4% 108,534
January
2019
4.0% 5.1% 4.4% 108,546
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.3% 104,966
November
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.3% 105,047
October
2018
3.8% 4.9% 4.3% 104,516

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.